On behalf of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 2016 National Conference. The 2016 Conference is being held at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The conference will begin with a Welcome Reception and Opening of the Exhibit Hall late in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 4th and conclude Thursday evening, October 6th with the Annual Conference Dinner.
The theme for the conference is “We’re Better Together.” The conference will have sessions of interest to judges, disciplinary staff, bar leaders, lawyer assistance program directors and staff, law school administrators and law firm managers, as well as, abundant opportunities to network with LAP personnel and volunteers involved in lawyer assistance programs from across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
The program begins at 1:00 and includes two sessions exploring how we can reduce bias, become more inclusive, and better meet the needs of minority communities within our legal profession.
We are honored that we will be joined by Paulette Brown, 2015-16 President of the American Bar Association. Conference programming will include sessions on “Best Practices for Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in LAPs and the Legal Profession,” “How to Offend without Really Trying: The Ethics of Cultural Self-Awareness,”
“Practicing Law with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD):,” “Bridging The Gap: Helping Lawyers Transition From Working Full Time To Not Working At All,” “The Intersection of Lawyer Misconduct and Addiction – How Regulators and Assistance Programs Work Together” and much, much more!
In addition, the Conference features an Exhibit Hall of facilities from around the US and Canada that focus on treating substance use disorders, compulsive behaviors, mood disorders, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover new facilities and interact face to face with the facilities you use currently.
Please join us in making this the most dynamic and well attended conference yet.